A duo of designers have created an intricate piece of design work, all with the help of 3D printing technology
Can 3D printing technology be used to make intricate ornamental structures, or even art?
Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer have created a ten feet tall ornamental wall called Arabesque Wall with the help of this technology. The wall was 3D printed in the course of four days from a 50 Gigabyte file and epitomises all that settles within the realm of possibility with the help of algorithmic design and 3D printing. Its intense intricacy and astounding complexity is also an appraisal of human perception.
The arabesque is a form of decoration that is characterised by intricate, intertwining plants and abstract curvilinear motifs. The Arabesque Wall takes its inspiration from the arabesques from Islamic art which uses elaborate overlapping, flowing, sinuous lines produced through geometric rules.
Dillenburger and Hansmeyer made use of custom software and an iterative folding algorithm in order to make a form containing about 200 million surfaces, at a resolution of a mere 0.2 mm.
Visually overwhelming in its intricacy and consistent overlaps, the Arabesque Wall is driven by crafted intentions. As Hansmeyer and Dillenburger explain on their separate websites, “It plays with the aniconic, geometric tradition of arabesque ornaments by creating intricate constellations that are at once figurative and abstract. The Arabesque Wall’s rhythmic, interwoven curve elicit viewers’ individual interpretations and engage viewers to approach it, touch it and to explore. Each perspective offers new impressions.”
What great advantage does this herald for architecture, then? “In uniquely employing 3D printing for its fabrication,” explain Hansmeyer and Dillenburger, the Arabesque Wall heralds a highly differentiated and spatially complex architecture in which ornament and formal expression cease to be a luxury.”
Text By Tasneem S. Pocketwala